Archive for July, 2009

Vacation Withdrawal

Poor pugs….I think they, especially Oscar, are having vacation withdrawal. They are used to 24/7 petting and keep looking at me with sad puppy-dog eyes. Poor babies. 😦

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All in a Day’s Work


Last Thursday afternoon, I stopped in Colorado Springs to visit a few offices before heading home. I went into an office I have been in a million times and was startled to see this deer right outside there front door! When I went in, I asked about her, and apparently she is a regular fixture in their front yard, and often has a family (two fawns and a buck) with her as well. As I was leaving, she got up and roamed around a bit, eating some leaves, before walking off. It was pretty cool!

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Please vote!!

I have a huge favor to ask all of you! We have a sweet little friend, Braelyn, who is currently participating in a Chick-Fil-A photo contest. She is currently in first place but needs your help to stay there. Please visit here to vote. You can vote once per email address and will receive a confirmation email once you have voted. Braelyn LOVES Chick-Fil-A, so please help her out!!


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My husband just sent me the sweetest email with a list of things that he thinks make me happy. Here is his list (which is spot-on):

–          dinner at fancy restaurants
–          night at the brown palace
–          sitting down with a good book
–          casual bike rides
–          skiing in warm weather
–          baking treats for other people
–          sending out birthday cards
–          reading blogs/facebook
–          a clean house
–          Holidays with family
–          Morning walks
–          Sleeping in
–          Cupcakes with friends
–          Playing with little kids
–          Rock concerts
–          Camping

I have such a great husband, and I am so thankful for him!

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In an effort to have a more positive outlook on life, I decided to start a list of the things that make me happy.

  • Grace
  • Jason
  • My family (both my own and my in-laws–I married into a great family!!)
  • Pugs–specifically Daisy and Oscar, but all pugs really
  • Colorado
  • Mountains
  • Streams/Rivers
  • Wildflowers
  • Sunshine and blue skies
  • Road trips
  • Vacations
  • Watching old movies
  • Musicals
  • Low humidity
  • Music
  • Home
  • Scrapbooking

I am sure there are much more, and I will add to the list as I think of them. What makes you happy?

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Vacation Fun!

Jason and I spent the last week on vacation with his family and had a GREAT time! We rented a house up in the mountains of Colorado, and all 18 of us stayed together!! I’ll admit, I was a bit worried that we might not all get along with that many people in one house for 5 days, but it was wonderful!

One really great thing about this trip was that we got to bring the pugs!! I hate leaving them when we travel, so it was fun to have them go along. I was nervous how they would act around so many kids (Oscar isn’t a big fan of kids), but they did great and loved all the attention!




All of our nieces and nephew


One of our activities of the week: horseback riding. Very fun!!



We also played a lot of Guitar Hero World Tour. It was so funny to see the kids belt out “Livin’ on a Prayer” and “Beat It.”


We took a lot of walks, and the kids often fought over who would walk Daisy and Oscar.


The house was in the national forest on this pretty little lake with the mountains in the background. It was a beautiful location and a great, much-needed get-away.


We did several other fun activities, but I will have to wait to get pictures of those. It was a wonderful week, and we miss everyone so  much!

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HOT Texas!

Well, I am headed to Texas for a wedding this weekend, and it is going to be HOT! It was 109 degrees there yesterday and is forecasted to be 109 again today! AHHHHH! Makes me very thankful I live in Colorado and not in Texas any longer. On the Today show, they said the south is experiencing the hottest temperatures in ten years!! It will be a quick trip, but I am excited to see the fam. 

Hope you all have a great weekend! Stay cool!

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